Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Be Filled With the Spirit, a new film from the Rogovin Collection

A trailer for the short film, Be Filled with the Spirit, Storefront Churches. Photographs by Milton Rogovin. Milton Rogovin interview by Harvey Wang. Photographs from the Rogovin Collection at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation. Music used by permission: Courtesy Smithsonian Folkways Recordings © 1957

Director: Mark Rogovin
Camera and Editor: Sharon Karp
RT. 8 min, 46 sec.

Purchase in the official Rogovin Store!

"Be Filled with the Spirit, Storefront Churches," © 2011 The Rogovin Collection

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mark Rogovin: Live From The Heartland, 6/4/11

Mark Rogovin: Live From The Heartland, 6/4/11

Mark Rogovin joins us to talk about the photography of his late father Milton Rogovin, and about Mark's book A Day Will Come. Published by the Illinois Labor History Society.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Working Class Eye of Milton Rogovin, Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University

The Working-Class Eye of Milton Rogovin is at Roosevelt University's Gage Gallery through June 30, 2011.

Buffalo, New York-based photographer, Milton Rogovin, 101, had died just two days before the long-planned exhibition, turning the celebration of his art into a celebration of his life.

Exhibit curator and gallery director Michael Ensdorf said the opening is a "celebration of Milton's rich and long life. He said tributes from all over the world came pouring in for Rogovin, on Twitter, Facebook, New York Times, NPR and the Library of Congress blog.

Mark Rogovin, an artist and activist whose accomplishments include founding The Peace Museum, was visibly moved by the outpouring of support, while mourning the death of his father.

Read the opening review in the People's World and go see it for yourself!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Midwest Premiere, May 12th - The Rich Have Their Own Photographers

Midwest Premiere of the Film - The Rich Have Their Own Photographers

Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Roosevelt University, Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

“This is not a good film – It’s a great film. I hope people see it all around the world. This movie could change the world.” -Pete Seeger

“The rich have their own photographers. I photograph the forgotten ones.” -Milton Rogovin

Introduction by Mark Rogovin

As a practicing optometrist, and after an assault by the House Un-American Activities Committee, Milton Rogovin began his second career as a social documentary photographer in 1957. His subjects spanned the Storefront Churches of Buffalo, Pablo Neruda’s Chile, the Family of Miners, Working People, the Yemeni and Native American community and the Lower West Side, a Buffalo neighborhood where Milton Rogovin photographed families for thirty years.
Mark Rogovin was an assistant to Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros on his last mural, the March of Humanity. He founded the Public Art Workshop, and co-founded the Peace Museum. Mark now heads the Rogovin Collection with a mission to promote the educational use of the social documentary photography of his father, Milton Rogovin.

For more information, contact Professor Erik Gellman at

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Roosevelt University Gage Gallery.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Memorial Service for Social Documentary Photographer, Milton Rogovin (1909-2011)

You are invited to celebrate the life and work of Milton Rogovin at a memorial for the late photographer, Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 2 - 3:30pm. The memorial service will be held at Upton Hall, Warren Enters Auditorium, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY. A reception will follow. No RSVP required, open to the public.

An exhibition of Milton's work will be on view in the gallery adjacent to the auditorium, curated by the Burchfield-Penny Art Center, hours 12pm - 6pm. Photograph of Milton Rogovin by Robart Kalman, © 2010.

Location and Directions:

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Plenty of parking available.

The Forgotten Ones & the Working Class Eye of Milton Rogovin

We'd like to share the remarkable documentary film, "Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones," Winner of Tribeca Film Festival for Short Documentaries, by filmmaker Harvey Wang.

This short film celebrates the life's work of photographer Milton Rogovin, who was 93 when this film was shot. After being blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s and subsequently losing his optometry practice, Rogovin dedicated his life to photographing the residents of a depressed six-block area in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. Rogovin's first series of portraits of Lower West Side residents was completed in 1972. Over the next twenty years, Rogovin returned two more times to re-photograph his subjects. The film follows him as he returns one more time to the Lower West Side to take a fourth in his series of once-a-decade portraits.

In related news, The Working Class Eye of Milton Rogovin, opened this January, 2011 and will be on view at Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University in Chicago, through June 30th.

Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9-6 p.m.
Saturday, 10-4 p.m.

For more info on exhibitions »

Milton's Master Collection at Center for Creative Photography

The master collection of 3,500 Milton Rogovin photographs can now ALL be seen online! This archive is at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Visit the Center for Creative Photography Archive now!

Curators, students and scholars from around the world will be able to view many of the world's great photography, including that of Milton Rogovin.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Milton Rogovin, Photographer and Social Activist

Milton in the darkroom. Photo © Diane Bush, c.1982

Milton Rogovin, Social Documentary Photographer and Activist, passed away today, January 18, 2011. He was 101 years old. 

We are saddened by the loss of such a wonderful human being and photographer. Milton touched many peoples lives and documented an important piece of our history. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

The Working-Class Eye of Milton Rogovin will be on exhibit this January 20 - June 30, 2011 at Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, in Chicago.

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Working-Class Eye of Milton Rogovin
The Working-Class Eye of Milton Rogovin
at Gage Gallery in Chicago
January 20 - June 30, 2011

Opening Reception:  January 20, 5 - 8 p.m., with presentation by Mark Rogovin
HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9-6 p.m., Saturday, 10-4 p.m.   
WHERE: Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

For a full calendar of exhibit events:

Exhibition made possible by generous financial support from Susan B. Rubnitz.
Sponsored by Roosevelt University's College of Arts and Sciences, the Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies, and the Labor and Working-Class History Association.